This year, seven girls from the Greater Louisville area have the opportunity to enter the LGL program through an application process instead of being nominated by their schools. Any 10th grade girl from a local public or private high school can apply to the program.
Louisville Girls Leadership (LGL) is a program designed for high school girls to build leadership within their community. The origins of LGL date back to 1995 when a steering committee was formed to help fulfill the 1995 United Nations 4th World Conference on Women Bejing Platform for Action goal to “develop leadership and promote self-esteem in girls and young women”. This steering committee then created the first Louisville Girls Leadership Conference in 1997. Annual conferences were held thereafter, until a few years later when Louisville Girls Leadership was born to create a more intensive leadership experience.
Who We Are & What We Do
LGL is made up of 10th grade girls from each different school in Louisville who all have the ability to grow as great leaders. They are led by other girls, including other high school upperclassmen from previous LGL classes. LGL gives these girls the opportunity to learn firsthand about their community, local government, health care, fine arts, and most importantly, themselves. Through thorough discussions and activities the girls develop key leadership skills to help them make a difference in the community.
Through the months of January to April, the girls are involved with monthly sessions to develop their leadership skills. Each month there is a different focus on the meeting: fine arts, inner self, self-defense, etc. This helps the girls really focus on certain aspects of leadership individually, so they can broaden their knowledge. LGL also has two lock-ins for the girls, one at the beginning of the year, and one towards the end. This helps the girls build strong relationships with one another so they can work together and better their community.